Inspection of The Owl and the Pussycat Children's Nursery, Edinburgh

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Key strengths of the centre

  • The caring and friendly ethos and the warm relationships within the nursery.
  • The teamwork and commitment to working together shown by staff in taking forward nursery improvement.
  • The development of the outdoor learning areas.

We discussed with staff and the education authority how they might continue to improve the pre-school centre. This is what we agreed with them.

  • Develop further the personal learning plans to give parents a better understanding of their children’s learning and progress.
  • Increase the pace of curriculum development to take full account of national guidance and ensure all children are suitably challenged in their learning.
  • Continue to develop ways for parents to be more involved in their children’s education and the life of the nursery.

What happens at the end of the inspection?

We are satisfied with the overall quality of provision. We are confident that the nursery’s self-evaluation processes are leading to improvements. As a result, we will make no further visits in connection with this inspection. As part of the arrangements for reporting to parents on the quality of the nursery, the local authority will inform parents about the nursery’s progress.


Under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, HM Inspectors have a duty of cooperation in our scrutiny functions. In the inspection of early education and childcare, we cooperate with the Care Inspectorate. Where requirements are made as a result of findings of the inspection, these refer to relevant Care Inspectorate legislation.

  • There were three requirements as a result of this inspection visit.

Editors' note

Copies of the full published letter and the quality indicators are available on the centre's report page on the Education Scotland website.

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